On Friday, January 6, 2023, the Reverend Joseph Dirbas celebrated a solemn Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany at the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. The service was beautiful and enjoyed by many parishioners, clergy and others in attendance. Deacon, the Reverend Paul Richards chanted the Epiphany gospel. The sermon was delivered by guest preacher, Rector of St. John's, Shaughnessy, the Reverend Terry Dirbas, and three of the Dirbas children participated as accolytes and liturgical assistants.
The service was followed by a fundraising dinner for the Canada Ukraine Surgical Aid Program (CUSAP) through the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. CUSAP is a Canadian charity that sends teams of surgeons, nurses and supplies to the region to treat civilians injured by the war in Ukraine. It was a wonderful dinner of borscht, rye bread, and delicious Ukrainian honey-cherry cake, made by a displaced person recently arrived from Ukraine. As the following day was Orthodox Christmas, this was a wonderful way to celebrate with our Orthodox brothers and sisters while contributing to an excellent cause.